MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Not long before tipoff Tuesday and well before much of the 12,097 slipped and slid through a winter storm and into the Coliseum, the video board above center court played highlights from the last time Kansas played here and the last time the Mountaineers beat the Big 12’s best basketball ambassador.
Featured, of course, was the finish, when WVU’s Juwan Staten scored the game-winning basket with 3.9 seconds to go and then challenged a layup on the other end that rolled over the rim and to the floor at the buzzer.
There was no such drama this time, and the route many took to the game was more difficult than the path the 11th-ranked Mountaineers followed to a nationally televised 74-63 victory over No. 1 Kansas.
When they meet again here next year and the Jayhawks look to snap a three-game losing on WVU’s home floor, the signature sequence they show will come from the start of the second half and not the end…